Dr. Panch. Ramalingam – Indian School Psychology Association (InSPA)
InSPA develops and promotes School Psychology and Human Values based education to elevate the poor from poverty through school education.
A Reader (Associate Professor) in the UGC – Human Resource Development Centre (UGC – HRDC), Pondicherry University for the past two decades, Dr. Panch. Ramalingam is also the Founder President of the Pondicherry Psychology Association, Founder Secretary of the Puducherry Co-operative Book Society, Puducherry and Founder Secretary, Indian School Psychology Association (InSPA).
He is also the current member of International School Psychology Association (ISPA). Dr. Ramalingam’s areas of research include School Psychology, teacher education, undergraduate occupational preferences, decision-making and mental health in Educational Counselling Psychology, career counselling, integral education, yoga and Indian Psychology. He has authored/edited more than 60 books including 20 books related to psychology and education. His expansive body of literary work has won several prestigious awards, including ‘Best Book Award’ from the Government of Tamil Nadu, in1991 and 1995, respectively.
Excerpts from the interview
The role of a school counsellor– He says, the school counsellors are catalysts to parents, school administrators and the general public to do service on a daily basis. They are vital force in school system to cater to the needs of the children apart from the curricular and extracurricular activities of the children. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow in the society.
School counsellors spend most of their time in direct service to the children and their parents. They are focused on the overall delivery of the total programme through guidance and counselling by individual student planning and responsive services. Primarily they assess the children by providing scientific instruments and provide effective counselling based on their requirements to cope up with the school environment.
How to become a school counsellor-Those who are really interested to become a counsellor, can get basic degree in psychology and proceed further to study Post graduate level School psychology courses with necessary internship.
Those who are professionally qualified to provide counselling to the children can practice in the school system as well as in the community. There are opportunities in India to become school counsellors to work with the schools.
The professional counsellors must equip themselves with latest advancement in the field of counselling and try to understand the prevailing issues of concern to be addressed in the society. The issues are dynamic and application of presence of mind of the counsellors are essential to provide effective counselling services to the children.
The Indian School Psychology Association is periodically providing training to the budding school psychologists to empower themselves. Such training will be conducted various places in India.
In the near future the InSPA in collaboration with Christ University is launching a one-week training on School Psychology services in November 2017 at Mysore University, Mysuru.
Mission & Aim of InSPA– He says there is a pertinent need for the school psychologists in India to understand the basic concepts of School Psychology and get the proper training. The base of operation shall be union of India.The Indian School Psychology Association shall be a voluntary non-profit educational service Society.The primary aim of the association is to develop and promote School Psychology, Human values-based education and training to meet the needs of society and particularly to elevate the poor from poverty through school education in India.
Few Objectives to realise the aim: To encourage the training and employment of school psychologists in India
To promote the psychological rights of all children throughout the country
To initiate and promote cooperation with other organizations working for causes similar to those of ISPA in order to help children
To establish education, training and counselling centres/units to promote social and economic development of the community through education.
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